GIS-Beta Mu Third Annual Partnership with Colorado CPCU Society for Annual Toy Drive

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 14:58
by By David Adugna, GIS Beta Mu Acting President, CU Denver RMI Student

Where to begin? The 2017 holiday season was very eventful - from finishing up a whirlwind of a semester, to balancing work and school, and of course the dreaded shopping list. In the midst of all of that, there was one rewarding activity that we CU-Denver RMI students had the honor to participate in.
CU-Denver and Gamma Iota Sigma-Beta Mu once again partnered with the Colorado CPCU Society in a Holiday Toy Gift Drive to benefit Children's Hospital. It is a great tradition between the Colorado CPCU Chapter and Gamma Iota Sigma Beta Mu, a risk management, insurance, and actuarial sciences student organization at CU-Denver. It is a wonderful collaboration that culminated in boxes of toys, gift cards, and cash donations being delivered to the Children's Hospital at Anschutz. GIS Beta Mu students were all very excited for the opportunity to give back to our community, as well as to team up with such a reputable and esteemed organization as the Colorado CPCU Society. For many of us, it was our first time and we couldn't have been more excited.

In that spirit, the GIS club made and posted fliers all over CU Denver campus, and got the word out throughout the Business School at CU-Denver to Donate! Donate! Donate!
We were very pleased with the turnout we received. Many students and staff saw the flier, heard the message through the grape vines, and they showed support for a great cause.
Eight RMI students and GIS members were invited and attended the Colorado CPCU Annual Holiday Luncheon in December. It was a great honor to be invited and also speak briefly about the partnership of GIS Beta- Mu and the Colorado CPCU Society. We were overwhelmed by the generosity of the Colorado CPCU Society members, not only in their support of the toy drive, but also in their warm welcome and generosity shown us students. In addition to a great location, amazing food, and the festive atmosphere, the people we met were the highlight of the day. So many different professionals with so many different backgrounds and skill sets shared with us their thoughts and perspectives on the risk management and insurance industry. The opportunity to learn from and network with such open and wonderful folks is not something we students take for granted; we appreciate it dearly.
After the luncheon, the Gamma Iota Sigma Beta Mu officers collected all of the toys, gift cards, and cash donations and we delivered them to Children's Hospital. Without a doubt, this was the highlight of my whole year. It is incredible to know that with some effort, we brought smiles to much deserving kids.

From start to finish, 2017's Holiday Toy Gift Drive to Children's Hospital was a true success. We could not be more pleased with all of the willingness to participate. So many students, staff, and Colorado CPCU members gave without hesitation. The staff at Children's Hospital expressed over and over how thankful they were. Indeed, an enriching way to end the year and bring on the new one. We will definitely continue this tradition next year and we hope you will join us again! Thank you for your wonderful support and partnership.

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